Sunday, July 28, 2013

My Other Creations: The Book of Not So Bright Ideas

The setting: junior high art class.  The new kid, Dustin, was trying to pick up some extra income before lunch.  The veteran kid, Rick, was bored.  In a moment that would prove catastrophic for Dustin's nostrils from then on, Rick pulled a vial of Binaca out of his pocket (if you don't remember Binaca, it was this super-intense breath freshener spray).  Rick looked at Dustin and said, "I'll give you a nickel if you spray Binaca up your nose."  As we all shook our heads in the universal sign for "no," Dustin said, "Sure!"  I won't go into the gory details, but Dustin had red eyes and a runny nose for the next two days.  And while I didn't request the extra info, he also said he was pretty sure all of his nose hairs were burned off.  Worth a nickel?  Um, no.

But we humans, because we are humans, do things all the time that are not exactly brilliant.  And so to honor Dustin and myself and everyone else who has done some pretty "duh" stuff, I created this book of "Not So Bright Ideas" in response to this weeks' challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.



I started out with a tin that had a clear plastic rectangle window on the front.  I cut out the plastic piece and assembled some fabric to use.



I covered the tin with fabric scraps and threw on a few strips of Washi tape for good measure.  I wanted to use a light bulb to symbolize ideas, but since I wasn't celebrating bright ideas, I wanted to make the light bulb look like it was leaking out blackness instead of light.  Using a makeup sponge, I dabbed some StayzOn black ink to the light bulb's surface (StayzOn is made for non-porous surfaces, including glass).  Then I took Heidi Swapp's Black Velvet Color Shine Spritz and sprayed a blob of it behind where my light bulb would go.



I adhered the light bulb to the tin and let it dry.  I tore off some background fabric scraps and adhered them to a blank Bo Bunny "Miscellaneous Me" collection binder.  I cut out some tickets from the My Mind's Eye "Find Your Wings and Fly" collection, then used alphabet stamps to spell out the book's title.  I accented the tickets with paperclips.



I also added a "secret message" to the inside of the tin that can open up like a little door.

As for the inside of the book, there are so many non-bright ideas to choose from that it's hard to know where to begin!  I decided to start with the bad idea that inspired this project: my friend who ate an egg that was fried by a street vendor on a downtown sidewalk where thousands of feet (some bare) walk everyday.  Not that I'd want to eat a sidewalk-fried egg under any circumstances, but a downtown sidewalk just up's the ick factor by about 200%.  My friend was sick for days, so here's the page I created to honor him:



There are more details to the story, of course, but I didn't want to shame my friend so blatantly on the internet, so I just shown here the main page without the journaling on the back.  I used ink, paint, fabric, stamps and yellow ink spray to make the center look a little like a spilled yolk.  Here are some of the supplies I used that you can get at Simon Says Stamp:




 
I'm already thinking of the next pages, all inspired by my own or my friends' stupidity: testing the sharpness of an electric razor on your tongue, eating an entire bag of jalapeno Jelly Belly's before riding the roller coaster, trying on a pair of your grandpa's prescription glasses and then walking down the stairs...let's just say I left plenty of blank pages!

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog never ceases to inspire.  And you could win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store just by entering your inspired creation!  Give it a try because that would be a very bright idea.

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17 comments:

  1. Such a fun story and fantastic project, Andrea. I love how you altered the book with fabrics and a tin. Great design! :)

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  2. LOL, that's some story! What a great theme of that album! Sure would love the hear more about the other stories! The light bulb on the cover is brilliant! Hugs, Sandra

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  3. This is hilarious both project and stories and it immediately brought to mind my own families not so bright ideas! Fabulous project!

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  4. Andrea...loving your not so bright ideas book! The colors are awesome. I love anything with dimension and you have really accomplished some cool dimension with the tin and the light bulb. I love the story behind this piece! What inspiration! A very clever make! Hugs, Candy

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  5. Hi Andrea, fantastic idea for a project "not so bright ideas book" , clever. I love how you think outside the box and your altered tin is so clever. Imlove the light bulb and your wonderful use of fabric. Love your inspiration behind this piece, great fun. Tracy x

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  6. How creative! I loved the piece on its own, but after reading the tale of Dustin and the Bianca spray, I took a deeper appreciation! This is so unique and so utterly wonderful! I love your whimsical style. For a not-so-bright idea piece, this is Brilliant!

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  7. Andrea this is hysterical and I love it. What a clever idea and I do believe we could all use more humor!!!!
    sandy

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  8. Ha!! Funny sentiment & I just love the way you liberally use COLOR! Welcome to the team, Andrea! We're so pleased to have you with us :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  9. Love your not-so-bright-ideas book... the altered tin is just fabulous! Love your alphabet letters too - what make are they? I seem to collect alphabet stamps, but can never have too many!!
    Alison x

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    1. Ha, ha! All of the "Greats" collect alphabet stamps! The sets I used on this project were all "Recollections" brand and I found them at Michaels-- they're just capital and lower case sets in different sizes that I mixed for my text. Hope that helps your collection! ;)

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    2. Brilliant - thank you for that... Going to have to make a trip Stateside to get to Michaels one of these days - it always seems to be the answer!
      Alison x

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  10. I love this! What a brilliant idea to incorporate the lightbulb! What did you use to adhere the lightbulb? And I love the stories associated with your creation!

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    1. Hey Crafty Mama of Four-- your name tells me right there that you are awesome! I love moms and crafters!! And to answer your question, I used E6000 glue. You could probably use other adhesives like a really heavy gel medium, but I knew E6000 would dry clear and since it was on the other side of glass, I needed it to be transparent. To stabilize the light bulb, I also built a base up that attached the metal part of the light bulb to the page so the bulb was level. Hope that helps!

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  11. What fun and creative projects Andrea! Love how you mix textures, colors and fabrics in your art! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. This is just the best! I love the humor and whimsy!

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  13. A brilliant book! LOVE LOVE it! Very whimsycal and imaginative! FAB!
    Claudia x

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